L A Colors Shimmering Loose Shadow collection review

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  • Manufacturer: LA Colors
  • Availability: permanent; available through drugstores and midrange "all-in-one" stores (CVS, Rite-Aid, Fred Meyer, Target, Kohl's, et cetera) also through various etailers
  • Description: 15 eyeshadows
  • Cost/Amount: USD$3.00 for .1 ounces / 2.8 grams
  • Would you purchase again: no
L A Colors Shimmering Loose Shadow collection

I recently placed an order with an etailer who carries all kinds of drugstore brands, including L A Colors; and these loose shadows were not only inexpensive, but on sale. I decided to give them a try. The colors come in a plastic jar with a screw-top lid. All of the jars that I got were sealed with tape around the lid. The amount of product is fairly generous for the price: nearly 3 grams. Just be advised: while this is loose-powder eyeshadow, it is not what I (or most people) would call “mineral makeup”. The shadows contain talc. It probably contains preservatives of some type - I do know that one of the first five listed ingredients is mineral oil - but the print is so microscopic, and the manufacturer lists no ingredients on their site. So despite the low cost, if you have any sensitivities at all, or prefer to avoid certain ingredients, I suggest that you steer clear of these items.

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L A Colors Shimmering Loose Shadow collection

The brush goes down a sort of funnel-well that holds back most of the product, and the bristles dip into the product. This is supposed to keep the product from spilling, as well as "scrape" excess product off of the brush so that you get just the right amount for application. Nice idea, but it doesn't quite work. On two of the jars I got, the bristles had gotten jammed up against the sides of the funnel. Those brushes were even worse off than the others - which were fairly useless to begin with - because of the bent, jammed-up bristles. I was all but despairing of depotting these shadows until I found this video about doing just that - so yay, that's what I'll be doing with these!! (Now to go find my pliers.)

The texture of these was...interesting. Kind of grainy. I was reminded of how my frankenshadows looked - the ones where I mixed TKB's Interplanetary Traveller micas with matte shadows at about a 3::1 ratio, with far more mica than shadow. The texture of these was similar. They aren't actually gritty or harsh, they just look...particulate. (That's a lousy word, but it's going to have to suffice.) Without a primer of some sort, these colors don't last very long. There's fallout, and they fade within an hour. With a primer, I got a decent softer sheen. I wouldn't call these fantastic by any means; but they're not utter garbage.

This collection contained:

  • Black Pearl — deep grey shimmer
  • Chocolate Sprinkles — soft cocoa-brown shimmer
  • Fairy Dust — pale salmon-pink shimmer
  • Grape Jelly — soft purple shimmer
  • Honeysuckle — warm sandy shimmer
  • Lollipop — berry-pink shimmer
  • Melon Sorbet — medium coral shimmer
  • Ocean Breeze — sea-blue shimmer
  • Peek a Blue — soft blue shimmer
  • Radiant — soft caramel shimmer
  • Spring Fling — soft green shimmer
  • Sweet Tart — soft magenta shimmer
  • Tropical — teal-bluegreen shimmer
  • Snow White — silver-white shimmer
  • Sunshine — soft gold shimmer

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